There are so many potential hazards on a construction site and in medical environments, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of workers’ primary lines of defence.
It’s important that workers wear PPE that fits correctly and is not loose, as this creates dangers for tripping or getting caught in machinery, etc.
Below is a checklist to follow for the right safety workwear in construction environments.
Protective Safety Workwear
Hard hats: These are mandatory as they protect against head injuries and must be checked for defects, cracks, and other damage prior to each use; damaged ones should never be worn.
Boots: Work boots should be steel-toe, puncture-resistant, with nonslip soles and worn at all times on site to protect feet against heavy or falling equipment and other related accidents.
Reflective/high-visibility clothing: Reflective jackets, vests and other upper-body clothing are important for worker visibility. Most building sites would require high visibility clothing as mandatory.
Gloves: Different gloves are suited to particular tasks and risks at construction sites. From thick leather and canvas gloves to heavy-duty rubber gloves, each job will require a different type.
Face/eye protection: Safety glasses or face shields must be worn at all times to protect the eyes against debris or dust, generally due to grinding, sanding or welding etc.
Hearing protection: Pre-moulded or formable earplugs are normally used, but foam-lined ear muffs, worn tight against the head, are also very popular and can work well too to protect workers’ hearing from loud machinery noise
What About Medical Site Workwear?
Protective clothing is also essential equipment for medical professionals. Health care professionals and some patients wear protective gear in many medical situations.
Types Of Medical Protective Clothing
There is a variety of protective attire to cover every part of the body. Medical professionals normally wear specific clothing based on the requirements of their job, the safety hazards they may encounter, and required standard safety regulations.
Here is a checklist for the basic types of protective medical workwear.
Surgical caps: This headgear is worn by all staff and patients in an operating room and other surgical situations, to avoid contaminating the room or surgical wound with germs.
Safety goggles and plastic aprons: Plastic safety goggles that cover the eyes, together with disposable plastic aprons, provide protection from sudden splashes or sprays of blood and other body fluids, chemicals, and other materials.
Masks: These are worn over nose and mouth to prevent the spreading of germs to the patient from the nose and mouth, and protect from contagious organisms in the air.
Gloves: Medical personnel must wear sterile, disposable gloves when they handle sterile surgical equipment and supplies, during surgery or other procedures. Gloves prevent equipment contamination and protect workers from a patient’s body fluids.
Scrubs: These are some of the most familiar medical garments. They are required in the operating room and other settings where exposure to contaminants is possible.
Surgical gowns: Surgeons and others at the operating table must wear these over-scrubs gowns in the operating room and other procedure rooms.
Surgical sleeves: These are disposable shields for the lower arms that go from wrists to elbows. They are added during major surgery when extra protection from blood or other fluids is needed above the gloves.
Overalls: These types of cover, head-to-toe, include attached foot covers. They normally fasten at the front and may include a hood or attached mask.
Shoe covers: These waterproof covers shield a user’s footwear completely and reduce the number of microorganisms and other hazards coming in and out of the operating suite or procedure room.
Lab coats: This recognisable white coat is part of the uniform and traditions of doctors, other healthcare personnel, and scientists.
Safety workwear has you and your employees’ best interests in mind, so always ensure proper provision is made.